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All Dinosaur Pokemon Ranked

All Dinosaur Pokemon Ranked

A lot of Pokemon designs take inspiration from real-life animals. From cute bunnies to corgis, Pokemon has got it. However, some of these creature inspirations are actually long extinct.

Today, we’ll be taking a quick science trip for our Pokemon listicle. We’ll be showing you the best dinosaur-inspired Pokemon, as well as the actual dinosaurs that inspired them.

Some of these dino Pokemon, like Aerodactyl, heavily reference the dinosaur. Others, like Feraligatr, are only partially inspired

On that note, let’s dive in and see which Dinosaur Pokemon is the best.

List of All Dinosaur Pokemon

NameTypeGen
BulbasaurGrass/PoisonGen 1
CharmanderFireGen 1
LaprasWater/IceGen 1
AerodactylRock/FlyingGen 1
MeganiumGrassGen 2
FeraligatrWaterGen 2
TyranitarRock/DarkGen 2
LugiaPsychic/FlyingGen 2
SceptileGrassGen 3
TropiusGrass/FlyingGen 3
GroudonGroundGen 3
RampardosRockGen 4
BastiodonRock/SteelGen 4
DialgaSteel/DragonGen 4
PalkiaWater/DragonGen 4
ArcheopsRock/FlyingGen 5
HaxorusDragonGen 5
TyrantrumRock/DragonGen 6
AurorusRock/IceGen 6
DracozoltElectric/DragonGen 8

20. Feraligatr

Feraligatr and what it would look like in real life
Source: Bulbapedia, Jurassic World

This ferocious Water type Pokemon is the final evolution of Gen 2 starter Pokemon Totodile. It seems to be crocodilian or alligator-like, but could also be dinosaur-inspired as well.

Remember that monstrous crocodile in Jurassic World? Yep, that’s a Mosasaurus. It’s an aquatic reptile dinosaur that lived 82 million years ago! 

However, its body was similar to large marine vertebrates and lived in water, unlike Feraligatr.

Feraligatr has limbs and can stay on land. But it is noted in one of its Pokedex entries that Feraligatr has a hard time supporting its weight outside of water.

Seems like swimming suits you more, Feraligatr.

19. Bulbasaur Evolution Line

Bulbasaur and what it would look like in real life
Source: Viliam Simko, Bulbapedia

The Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, and Venusaur line are an amalgamation of a lot of things. They’re mostly based on frogs and toads, and an onion is added to the mix too.

But it seems like Dicynodonts are an inspiration as well, especially for Bulbasaur. These non-mammalian therapsids varied in size, from a tiny rat to a big elephant. That seems in line with the Bulbasaur line, size-wise!

Interestingly, there’s a newly discovered Dicynodont that experts named Bulbasaurus. It’s not really named after Bulbasaur, but rather due to its bulbous nose. Scientists are happy with the pop culture connection anyway!

18. Charmander Evolution Line

Charmander and what it would look like in real life
Source: Bulbapedia, Bob Nichols

Should Charizard be a Dragon type? It’s all up to Game Freak. One thing’s for sure — the character designs for Charmander, Charmeleon, and Charizard come from different origins.

The biggest inspirations for them are lizards, salamanders of the fantastical kind, and European dragons. However, baby Charmander seems to be based on baby therapods as well!

17. Dracozolt

Dracozolt and what it could look like in real life
Source: Dino Fandom Wiki, Bulbapedia

In Gen 8, combining fossils to make new Pokemon was an added feature. With Dracozolt, a Fossilized Bird and a Fossilized Drake will get you this hybrid Electric/Dragon Pokemon!

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact dinosaur inspiration for Dracozolt. But due to the evidence of fossils in the game, as well as Dracozolt having tiny arms and the lower half of a Tyrannosaurus, we can probably think of it as a Trex Pokemon.

16. Lugia

Lugia and what it could look like in real life
Source: Bulbapedia, Nobu Tamura

The Legendary Lugia graces us with its presence! This Psychic/Flying type has multiple origins as well.

For the mystical side of things, Lugia may be based on the concept of Ryujin. It’s a dragon god that symbolizes the power of the ocean. With attacks like Dragon Rush and Hydro Pump, that theory fits well.

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On the dinosaur side of things, Lugia could be inspired by Plesiosaurs or Augustasaurus, which were aquatic dinosaurs.

Although a Legendary bird, Lugia is also known as the guardian of the seas. This fits its possible marine dino origin.

15. Tyranitar

Tyranitar and what it could look like in real life
Source: Dino Fandom Wiki, Bulbapedia

This dual Rock/Dark type Pokemon is considered one of the strongest in the franchise. Furthermore, it’s actually one of the unique Pokemon typings.

It’s even considered a pseudo-legendary by fans. Tyranitar’s name is definitely derived from Tyrannosaurus.

But although its name has a dino origin, some of its design elements are based on kaiju monsters like Godzilla. Tyranitar even has a Mega form that ups the Trex Pokemon and kaiju themes!

This is one green dinosaur Pokemon you shouldn’t mess with.

14. Haxorus

Haxorus and what it could look like in real life
Source: Bulbapedia, Dontmesswithdinosaurs (Brian Engh)

Haxorus hacks its way to our list!

This Dragon type Pokemon has a lot of dino references. Confirmed by lead Pokemon designer Ken Sugimori, Haxorus is based on the idea of a cool dinosaur look.

Because its attacks come from its axe-like fangs, Haxorus could be based on Dicynodonts or tusked Synapsids. Some of these Dicynodonts had large tusks and bony protrusions.

In its Pokedex entries, Haxorus is known to have notable and sturdy tusks as well, so this definitely checks out.

13. Tropius

Tropius and what it could look like in real life
Source: Dino Fandom Wiki, Bulbapedia

What do you think a Sauropod would look like if it had wings? Well, there’s no need to wonder anymore with Tropius on our list.

Tropius is a Grass/Flying Pokemon from Gen 3. With its long neck and bulky body, it looks similar to Sauropods, particularly the Brachiosaurus.

But unlike the Sauropods that roamed the land millions of years ago, Tropius has broad leaves on its back that act as wings. It also uses it for photosynthesis and sugar production.

Sugar, you ask? Tropius loves to eat fruit so much that its body has learned to grow one! This banana-like fruit can bear twice a year if sugar production from the leaves goes well. Sweet!

12. Dialga

Dialga and what it could look like in real life
Source: Pokemon Fandom, Dino Fandom Wiki

Another Legendary makes it to our list! This Steel/Dragon blue dinosaur Pokemon also resembles a Sauropod.

It’s possibly based on Brachytrachelopan or Camarasaurus, which are short-neck Sauropods. However, some fans think it’s based on Amphicoelias.

Together with Palkia, they are also based on the Shinto legend of Izanagi and Izanami.

Whichever dinosaur Dialga is based on, it’s one impressive Legendary because of its time powers! In its Pokedex entries, people believe that time started to flow when Dialga sprung into existence.

11. Palkia

Palkia and what it could look like in real life
Source: Dino Fandom Wiki, Bulbapedia

Dialga’s counterpart for Gen 4’s Legendaries and part of the Sinnoh Creation Trio, Palkia joins our dinosaur list as well!

Palkia seems to be based on bipedal dinosaurs, seeing as it can stand and has arms. Some bipedal dinosaurs that could be referenced for it are Plateosaurus and Oviraptors.

The Plateosaurus used its arms for defending and feeding itself. Meanwhile, Oviraptors were known for getting or brooding eggs. Palkia’s shoulder orbs do look egg-like!

10. Archeops

Archeops and what it could look like in real life
Source: Bulbapedia, Dino Fandom Wiki

Categorized as the First Bird Pokemon, Archeops is based on the Archeopteryx. It was thought to be the oldest known bird during the dinosaur age.

Despite its category, Archeops doesn’t look too bird-like. This is because the Archeopteryx had non-avian theropod characteristics. Although it had wings, it had a bony tail similar to other dinosaurs during its time.

The Archeopteryx wasn’t a strong flier due to a lack of bony breastbone. Archeops is the same, as noted by its Pokedex entries. It is said that Archeops is a better runner instead!

Run like the wind, Archeops!

9. Bastiodon

Bastiodon and what it could look like in real life
Source: Nobu Tamura, Bulbapedia

Bastiodon faces our list head-on with its sturdy face!

Like a bastion or castle wall, this Rock/Steel Pokemon has quite the defensive stance. Due to its hardy and wall-like square head, it can help defend its herd by barricading together.

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Bastiodon looks like a Triceratops Pokemon. It also resembles some of the Chasmosaurinae dinosaurs, which have long, shield-like heads.

In that category, Triceratops and Torosaurus are included. Bastiodon’s Japanese name is Toridepusu, which seems to be a combination of those two.

8. Groudon

Groudon and what it could look like in real life
Source: Pokemon Fandom, Dino Fandom Wiki

As one of the Super-Ancients in Gen 3, Groudon is an impressive dinosaur Pokemon to look at!

It’s a Ground type Pokemon that can turn into a Ground/Fire dual type when it becomes Primal Groudon. With its typing and abilities, it can expand continents!

Groudon closely resembles an Ankylosaurus due to its similar spikes and notable tail. Ankylosaurus are also known as armored dinosaurs and have armor plates to protect them. It’s just like Groudon’s back plates!

7. Meganium

Meganium and what it could look like in real life
Source: Dino Fandom Wiki, Pokemon Fandom

Kids who were into dinosaurs or Land Before Time definitely recognize Meganium as a dinosaur Pokemon.

Aside from being Chikorita’s final evolution, Meganium represents the “longneck” Sauropods as well. In particular, this green dinosaur Pokemon looks like a Brachiosaurus or Apatosaurus.

The Brachiosaurus and Apatosaurus loved to eat a variety of plant material. Meanwhile, according to its Pokedex info, Meganium can revive dead plants. Sounds like a perfect match, snack-wise!

6. Rampardos

Rampardos and what it could look like in real life
Source: Bulbapedia, Jurassic Park Fandom Wiki

Rampardos charges in to join our Pokemon dinosaur list!

This blue dinosaur Pokemon has a distinct and notable dome head. It uses it to charge at and knock over its enemies.

According to Pokemon data, a hundred million years ago it would tear down jungle trees with its noggin!

Similarly, the Pachycephalosaurus had a thick skull roof. Experts theorize that it used its head for combat. The likeness between the two is quite obvious!

5. Sceptile

Sceptile and what it could look like in real life
Source: Jurassic Park Fandom Wiki, Bulbapedia

We’re down to our top 5 best dinosaur Pokemon. Coming in swiftly is Sceptile!

This agile Grass type Pokemon is Treecko’s final form. Dinosaur-wise, it looks very similar to fast hunters like the Velociraptor and Dilophosaurus.

Comparably, Sceptile is an adept hunter in the jungle. This green dinosaur Pokemon’s agile movements let it leap from tree to tree!

A Sceptile, Velociraptor, or Dilophosaurus are one of the last things you want to see in a jungle.

4. Aerodactyl

Aerodactyl and what it could look like in real life
Source: Bulbapedia, Dino Fandom Wiki

Flying in at number four is the Pterosaur-inspired Pokemon, Aerodactyl!

This Rock/Flying Pokemon from Gen 1 was resurrected from an Old Amber. This is a reference to the improbable theory that a fossilized tree resin can somehow preserve dinosaur DNA.

It’s a good thing they gave this extinct Fossil Pokemon another chance. Aerodactyl can Mega evolve, boosting its speed and attack. It’s a versatile team player, with moves like Stone Edge and Pursuit.

3. Lapras

Lapras and what it could look like in real life
Source: Dino Fandom Wiki, Bulbapedia

The ever elegant and graceful Lapras joins our dinosaur Pokemon list! This gentle Pokemon loves to help people and ferries trainers on its back.

It seems to be based on Plesiosaurs, which ate fish and other similar prey. Likewise, Lapras loves to eat fish, to the point that it is now affecting the fish Pokemon population.

It’s okay. You can have a Magikarp or two, Lapras.

2. Tyrantrum

Tyrantrum and what it could look like in real life
Source: Bulbapedia, Dino Fandom Wiki

At number two, let’s hear Tyrantrum roar!

From its name and character design, Tyrantrum is clearly a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Similarly, both have strong jaws.

The Tyrannosaur can hold its struggling prey with its tiny arms and rip it with its jaws. Identically, Tyrantrum can tear through metal as if it’s paper!

What a fearsome Trex Pokemon!

1. Aurorus

Aurorus and what it could look like in real life
Source: Dino Fandom Wiki, Bulbapedia

And now for the best dinosaur Pokemon in our list – we present the dazzling Aurorus!

Just like Tropius, Dialga, and Meganium, Aurorus is a Sauropod. Interestingly, Game Freak did not choose a popular Sauropod for this blue dinosaur Pokemon. Instead, it is based on Amargasaurus.

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The Amargasaurus had spines protruding out its neck. Experts aren’t sure what it looked like, but they hypothesize that it might have had a skin sail.

Game Freak creatively turned this idea into aurora-like sails that wave and change color. When Aurorus howls, auroras show up in the night sky too. Absolutely beautiful!

Bastiodon and Rampardos together
Source: Bulbapedia

Do you think Gen 9 will add more dinosaur Pokemon? Let us know which dinosaurs you want to see in the Pokemon world!